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Wild Turkey
(Meleagris gallopavo)
walrus
Description
They are large, ground-dwelling birds with long legs, long necks and large fan-shaped tails. They have short, rounded wings. Male wild turkeys have dark, iridescent plumage. Their flight feathers are black with brown stripes and are barred with white. They have a red wattle (a fleshy lobe that hangs down from the chin or throat), a caruncle (a wart-like projection of skin attached to the upper part of the forehead), and a blackish breast tuft.
Dimensions
Adult males (or "tom") measure from 39 to 49 inches in length, and weigh from 11 to 24 lb. Adult females (or "hen”) weigh from 5.5 to 12 lb and is 30 to 37 inches long.
Diet
They are omnivorous that primarily eat vegetable matter such as acorns, nuts, seeds, buds, leaves and fern fronds. They also eat ground-dwelling insects and salamanders.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit hardwood and mixed conifer-hardwood forests with scattered openings such as pastures, fields, orchards and seasonal marshes. They are found throughout most of the eastern United States, and in pockets throughout the western United States.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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